Amy Falkner is dedicated to promoting the value of a higher education that balances an intense media experience with a healthy liberal arts foundation. She extols the benefits of a student-centered learning approach. Since 2006, Amy Falkner’s exceptional leadership has guided the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications through a curriculum review and in providing more than 600 courses every academic year. Also an excellent teacher, she was the first at Newhouse to be named its Professor of the Year twice. The communications school is a part of Syracuse University, Amy Falkner’s professional home since 1998. As the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, she oversees approximately 70 full-time and 70 part-time faculty members. She manages teaching assignments, loads, and the master schedule of courses for the school. Eight department chairs and 10 graduate program directors at Newhouse report to Amy Falkner, and they work together to build quality curricula for more than 2,100 students every year. As part of Syracuse University’s collective bargaining unit negotiation team for part-time instructors, Amy Falkner ensures that the faculty at the institution has secure and reasonable employment contracts with the University. She also assisted in procuring a $250,000 donation to Newhouse that is earmarked for faculty training and development, a fund she manages. As chair of the school’s Academic Resources Committee, she actively manages a $400,000 annual budget allocated toward technology needs. From 2004 to 2006, Amy Falkner chaired the advertising department of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse, where she developed rigorous curricula and built a roster of guest speakers that included top advertising agency executives.